Need eclipse glasses?

eclipseDid you wait too long to buy your eclipse glasses?

Don’t worry, you can still safely view the eclipse by using a pinhole camera!

Stop by the first floor of Himmelfarb Library between 9-3 on Monday, August 21 to make your own. All supplies and instructions will be provided but they are offered first come, first served so don’t wait too long to get yours!

The eclipse will occur from 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m., with maximum eclipse of 82% occultation at 2:42 p.m
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Elevator Maintenance in Himmelfarb Library Sept-Nov 2017

The Himmelfarb Library elevator will be out of service for replacement from September 11, 2017 through November 29, 2017. This project will also cause some noise disruptions in the library although the noisiest times will be from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the B2 level on weekdays only.

Air handlers on the library’s roof will be replaced between September 15 and October 15, 2017. This project will cause some noise on the 3rd floor rooftop on weekdays.

For questions or concerns regarding this maintenance, please contact SMHS Facilities at (202) 994-2312.

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Scientists edit mutation from human embryo

dnaResearch recently published in Nature describes how scientists edited the genes in a human embryo.  Scientists sought to remove a specific genetic mutation, the MYBPC3 mutation, which has been associated with the development of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the myocardium heart muscle grows abnormally thick which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently asymptomatic, but can also cause chest pain, lightheartedness, and palpitations  and is the most common cause of sudden death in people under 30 and competitive athletes.
You can read more about this research in a New York Times news article as well as in the original research by primary authors Hong Ma, Nuria Marti-Gutierrez, Sang-Wook Park, and Jun Wu.
Dr. Charles Macri’s online Genetics Journal Club can help you connect to new genetics research with new articles posted monthly.
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Get your favorite computer!

facebook_computerAppDo you have a favorite computer in Himmelfarb’s third floor computer lab? Wondering if it’s available for you to use right now?

Check out our new online availability checker to see how many computers are currently available for use. You can see an overall bar chart of the number of available computers by room, or click on any of the rooms to see a map showing which computers are being used (in red).

Once you’re looking at a room, you can also search/filter by the software available on each workstation. Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right, then choose the desired software program. The computers with that program will display on the map; you can also expand the search to the other rooms at this point.

This online computer availability service is available via the campus network (wired, GWireless) or via the VPN if you are off-campus.

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Congratulations to prize winner!

newseumCongratulations to Mary Matecki, the winner of the MSI Library Orientation door prize, a pass for two to the Newseum!

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Revamp Your Teaching with Open-Source Modules


How do you teach?  If you’re interested in adding innovation to your instruction, check out online modules made available by GW faculty!

Online teaching materials and modules serve as  great teaching tools in medical education.  GW’s SMHS and CNHS faculty have published these tools in the AAMC’s MedEdPortal, which houses open-source materials.  The teaching materials provide access to multiple documents, including powerpoints, guides, and surveys.

Some of the topics covered by the modules are newborn care, OB/GYN, navigating the wards and more!

Check out the modules here!


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Step 1 @ Himmelfarb

2156938481_176d4bb5f8_bHimmelfarb’s resources are available for USMLE Step 1 study  via the Board Preparation: USMLE Step 1 Research Guide and include:
If you have any questions about the resources or access to materials, please contact Laura Abate (


Image: Coleman and Caroline. (2003). Some more first aid.  Retrieved from:
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